The Miseducation of Evie Epworth
The most joyful debut of the decade.
The Bestselling Richard & Judy Summer Book Club Pick 2021
The Bestselling Radio 2 Book Club Selection
‘Tight, clever and riddled with wit. Like discovering Adrian Mole or Bridget Jones for the first time.’ Joanna Nadin, author of The Queen of Bloody Everything
‘A sweet, fizzy sherbet dib-dab of a book – deliciously nostalgic, hugely funny and ultimately heartwarming. The perfect book for our times.’ Veronica Henry
‘Such a joyful and uplifting read. Just the sort of thing that people will want to be reading right now.’ Anita Rani, Radio 2 Book Club
It is the summer of 1962 and sixteen-year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she be?
Up until now, Evie’s life has been nothing special: a patchwork of school, Guides, cows, lost mothers, lacrosse and village fetes. But, inspired by her idols (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley MacLaine, the Queen), she dreams of a world far away from rural East Yorkshire, a world of glamour lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). Standing in the way of these dreams, though, is Christine, Evie’s soon-to-be stepmother, a manipulative and money-grubbing schemer who is lining Evie up for a life of shampoo-and-set drudgery at the stinky local salon.
Luckily Evie is not alone. With the help of a few friends, and the wise counsel of the two Adam Faith posters on her bedroom wall (‘brooding Adam’ and ‘sophisticated Adam’), Evie comes up with a plan to rescue her future from Christine’s pink and over-perfumed clutches. She will need a little luck, a dash of charm and a big dollop of Yorkshire magic if she is to succeed, but in the process she may just discover who exactly it is she is meant to be.
Moving, inventive and achingly funny, with an all-star cast of bold-as-brass characters, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is a perfectly pitched modern fairytale about love, friendship and following your dreams while having a lot of fun along the way.
‘Full of fabulous characters, sprinkled with joy and drenched in wit.’ Milly Johnson
‘Funny and original with a cast of eccentric characters, this debut novel is a tour de force. Not to be missed.’ Sunday Express
‘A rich triumph of comic writing.’ Waterstones.com
‘One of the funniest, wittiest and most joyful books you will read this year.’ Lancaster Guardian